What's Happening at C. H. Booth Library

New Program: Pre-K Story Time for ages 4-5

Newtown residents ages 4-5 are eligible to register for a story time designed just for them! The program will focus on early literacy and math skills, fine motor and social skills and creative responses to books and stories. Children must be at least 4 years old on or before the start of the series on November 8. Register online.

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Friends' Book Donation Day

Easy Drop Off! The Friends will be accepting books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, Video Games, Board Games, and Puzzles on Sunday, October 21, 12 to 5 PM (rain or shine)  

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African Art Migration: From the Tribes to Museum Walls

Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30 in the Meeting Room.  ArtScapades will look at the influence of African art on Modern Artists in the West,  focusing on well known artists who incorporated tribal influences into their bodies of work. Artists will include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Amadeo Modigliani. ArtScapades will conclude this lecture with a look at contemporary African artists whose works can be found in major museums around the world. There will be ...

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Christina's Mystical Magic

Veteran magician, Christina LaVaughn will amaze and entertain with her magical performance on Saturday, November 3 at 2 pm in the library meeting room.  For ages 4 and up.  Register online.

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Register for Story Time: October 9-17

Children ages 3-5 are eligible to register for one of our weekly story times:  Monday at 10am, Tuesday at 10am or 11 am, Wednesday at 2 pm.  Children must be at least 3 years of age on or before October 29 and a resident of Newtown.  Registration forms available in the children's department.  For more information call:  203-426-3851.

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CHB Writing Group

The C. H. Booth Writing Group is currently open to new members. We are a dedicated writing group with the purpose of reading and critiquing each other's work-in-progress. Meetings focus on providing constructive criticism of each other's work, offering support, and discussing the publishing process. We meet the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30–8 p.m. New or revised pieces are emailed in advance and discussed by all members at meetings. All genres and experience levels are welcome. ...

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Friends' Annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale

Take care of your holiday gift needs at the Friends of the Library's fabulous sale! Books and much more! Sale hours: 9:30 – 5:00 on Saturday, December 1st 11:00 – 5:00 on Sunday, December 2nd.

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200 Years of Frankenstein's Monster: Single or Mated; on the Page, the Stage, or in the Cinema

Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 in the Meeting Room. On New Year’s Day 1818, Frankenstein was published anonymously in London by 20-year-old Mary Shelley, wife of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and daughter of the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. It would become one of the most influential novels of the 19th or any other century, even as it remains a work most people know through cinema or popular culture rather than from having read the book. In association ...

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Connecticut Authors Read

Three authors read from their work, with Q & A between. Sophfronia Scott is the curator of this series. The authors are: Georgia Hunter, We Were the Lucky Ones (Penguin, 2018)-novel Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Husbands and Other Sharp Objects (Lake Union, 2018)-novel. She's also has another novel, Lift and Separate, that came out in 2016. Tom Seigel, The Astronaut's Son, (Woodhall Press, 2018)-debut novel.

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Halloween Needle Felting with Katie

Thursday, October 18th from 4:30 to 6:00 in the Meeting Room. Register please.

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Newtown Historical Society: The 1964-1965 N.Y. World's Fair

Monday, October 15th at 7:30 in the Meeting Room. All welcome.

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Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains Simplified

The media is full of coverage of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies, but what does it all mean? This workshop will explain key terms and ideas to give you a fundamental understanding of the concepts that matter. Matthew Krieger is the presenter. 6:00 networking, 6:30 program. Please register.

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Creating Musical Readers for ages 2-6

Members of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will read a beloved children's story and use their instruments to bring the story to life Thursday at 10 am:  October 11, October 25, November 1 and November 11 in the library meeting room.  Children will also have a chance to play the musical instruments after the story.  For ages 2-6 with an adult caregiver.  Register online.

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Music Dynamics with Brad Peterson

Join Newtown resident and music educator Brad Peterson, Friday mornings at 11:30am in the library's meeting room, September 28-October 26.  'Music Dynamics” features finger plays, nursery rhymes, poems, songs, circle games, dances, stories and much more. Each activity is designed to help children with pitch matching and steady beat skills, as well as helping them with their early language arts development. For ages 2-6 with an adult partner.  Register online.

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Road Scholar

Monday, November 5th at 2:00 in the Meeting Room. Road Scholar (formerly ElderHostel) is a non-profit organization all about enabling older adults to keep learning through educational travel opportunities all over the world. To hear more, please register.

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Main Street Replica

An October Arts and Humanities Activity for the Newtown Community Starting on September 25, 2018 Sponsored by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and the Cyrenius H. Booth Library Architecture brings together art and engineering, utility and design. The Cultural Arts Commission and C.H. Booth Library are offering an activity that combines architecture and local heritage, with a dab of technology mixed in, as part of National Arts and Humanities Month. Members of our community are encouraged to join ...

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PreK-PE for ages 3-5

Meets on Wednesday afternoons:  October 3-November 7 at 4:00 pm in the library meeting room.  Under the guidance of certified PE teacher MaryFaith Blank, children will play fun games and practice gross motor skills while learning how to interact with their peers in a group setting.  Register online for each class you plan to attend.  Register online for each class you plan to attend.

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Kids Cooking Classes for ages 7-10

Meets Saturday, September 22 from  3:00-4:15  pm in the library meeting room.  Celebrate the flavors of fall by making homemade apple crisp, pear scones and cranberry sauce. Participants will bring home all of the dishes they make. A $5 ingredient fee is due on the day of the program.  Register online.

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Science Saturday: Weather Forecasting: Gr. K-2

Meets Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 pm. in the library meeting room.  Gayna Swart, MS will lead informative, fun and interactive programs designed to expose children to the most fascinating aspects of science. Every month children will focus on a new topic:  9/15:  Weather Forecasting, 10/6: What's in Your Mud Pie?, 11/10:  Light and Shadows, 12/19:  cooking up Science.   Register online.

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Connect With the World: Learn a Language With Mango

Need to brush up on your French? Always wanted to learn Chinese? Practicing your English skills? Or, just maybe you're looking to prep for September's Talk Like A Pirate Day... Do all this and more! Visit the library any time to access Mango Languages, or use your library card to log in 24/7, wherever you have internet access, and you can hone those language skills. Click here to get started!

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S.C.A.N. Art Show

The Society for Creative Arts of Newtown has an exhibition in the Gathering Room on the second floor of the library through Wednesday, September 26th.

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Autism Awareness Film & Discussion Series

We'll be showing a series of (mostly) documentaries every other month on the first Thursday, with time afterward for discussion. No need to register, just come to the Meeting Room at the noted time. October 4th at 6:30: Film to be announced. December 6th at 7:00: Swim Team chronicles the struggles and triumphs of three young athletes with autism and shows how a swim team can bring hope to a community. February 7th at 7:00: Autism in Love ...

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Prabha Makayee will be meditating every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 in the Gathering Room (except on 9/30, when she will be in the downstairs Meeting Room). Anyone is welcome to ask her how or to join in. All are welcome.

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Wowbrary is Back!

Do you want to find out about newly released books, movies, and more, that you can get right here at the library? Then you'll definitely want to check out Wowbrary. Sign up for e-mails to see what's new each week, and browse the weekly lists online. Don't miss out when the library gets new titles - stay in the know with Wowbrary!

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Newtown Turkey Trot 2018

Thursday, November 22, 7:45 AM at the Newtown Middle School. Don't miss it! This year marks the 9th annual Turkey Trot, benefiting the Cyrenius H. Booth Library! The 5K course includes scenic downtown Newtown, with almost a mile of historic Main Street. Click for details and to register...

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Computer Tutor

Mondays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Get one-on-one computer help on Mondays. Schedule an appointment in person at the Reference Desk, by phone at 203-426-8552, or by email at boothref@chboothlibrary.org

Visit the Little Book Store
Books, gifts and more from the Friends of the C. H. Booth Library.
On the second floor of the library, across from the new books.




BooksHealHeartslogo_web72dpiBooks Heal Hearts” – donations to the C.H. Booth Library for our community.

Local and regional support organizations and services.

New Stories for Newtown is now available.


The ninth annual Newtown Turkey Trot is coming!

Click here to learn more and to participate in this fun annual tradition!